Miami Hurricanes Men’s Basketball: ‘Canes Overcome Sluggish Start, Beat Stetson 87-79

Nov 9, 2012; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson (42) shoots over Stetson Hatters center Adam Pegg (41) during the second half at the BankUnited Center. Miami won 87-79. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

After overcoming a sluggish start, the Miami Hurricanes (1-0, 1-0 Home) men’s basketball team managed to hold off Stetson (0-1, 0-1 Away) in their NCAA opener.

Senior C Reggie Johnson lead the ‘Canes with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Miami, who trailed early on, managed a late push  and held off the Hatters,’ 87-79.

On the night, five Miami Hurricanes’ scored in the double-digits:

C Reggie Johnson – 22 points, 11 rebounds

G Trey McKinney Jones – 14 points, 4 rebounds

G Shane Larkin – 13 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds

F Kenny Kadji – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists

G Rion Brown – 10 points, 2 assists

Miami was without without G Durand Scott, who was required to serve a six-game suspension from the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits.  With his absence against Stetson, Scott has two remaining games in which he must sit out.

Leading the Hatters’ was C Adam Pegg.  Pegg totaled 22 points and 9 rebounds.  G Aaron Graham added 21 points and G Chris Perez managed 12 points.

Miami struggled from behind the three-point line, going 7-21.  On the contrary, the Hatters’ fared better from three-point range, draining 13-of-31 shots from behind the arc.

Stetson, who finished the 2011-12 season with a 9-20 record, held Miami within their sights for most of the night.  With a little over 7 minutes remaining the the game, Miami held 13-point lead, one in which Stetson could not overcome.

The ‘Canes were picked to finish fourth in a loaded ACC, and despite a stunning exhibition loss to St. Leo, the ‘Canes know that their work is cut out for them.

Up next for Miami: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Nov. 13, 7:45 PM, Alico Arena

 

Sources: ESPN, the Palm Beach Post

 

Topics: Basketball, Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji, Miami Hurricanes, Reggie Johnson, Stetson

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